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Deseret Peak
Tooele County, UT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The lower Mill Fork Trail at sunrise
The lower Mill Fork Trail at sunrise

Route: Mill Fork Trail

Not wanting to get caught in the forecasted thunderstorms, I opted for pre-sunrise start. Starting at the Loop Campground, the trail was tame with decent footing. After walking through the woods for awhile, the trail soon emerged in a series of open meadows. Eventually reaching a headwall, I could smell the smoke from the recent forest fire on the other side of the ridge.

Though steady, the climb up to the saddle was fairly tame with switchbacks with good footing. After ducking into the trees to avoid a brief rain shower, I headed up the ridge on tame trail with views galore. Reaching the summit, I could see some remaining smoke rising from the nearby burned areas. Though the visibility wasn’t perfect, there were still excellent views in all directions.

Once again, a pre-sunrise start time helped me to avoid getting caught in afternoon thunderstorms.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Deseret Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Parking Elevation: 7,415'
Destination: Deseret Peak
Time Elapsed: 02:15
Trailhead Elevation: 7,418'
Summit Elevation: 11,031'
Distance: 4.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,653'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:27
Hike Distance: 8.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,693'


The Mill Fork Trail trailhead
The Mill Fork Trail trailhead

The natives
The natives

The Mill Fork Trail prior to reaching the ridge
The Mill Fork Trail prior to reaching the ridge

Looking east along the ridge
Looking east along the ridge

Looking north from Deseret Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking north from Deseret Peak

Recent forest fire damage on the west side of the ridge - Click to enlarge
Recent forest fire damage on the west side of the ridge

Topographic map of Deseret Peak


Directions to trailhead: From Route 138 westbound in Grantsville, take a left onto Mormon Trail. Head south out of town on this road, then take a right onto South Willow Road (aka South Willow Canyon Road). Take this road all the way to its highest point, adjacent to the Loop Campground. There is hiker parking at the height of land. The Mill Fork Trail trailhead is located adjacent to the restroom.

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